November 22, 2017
  ...exploring the life-changing message of Jesus...

From May 28 until Labor day, we enjoy one worship service at 9:15 where we all come together as a family reunion through the Summer season.
During the School Year, we enjoy two worship experiences on Sunday mornings. For the early risers, 8:00 and then later in the morning at 10:30. Both services include traditional hymns, readings from the Holy Scriptures, Preaching and Prayers. Children are welcome and included in special ways. At 10:30, we have a choir that sings beautifully with Special Music.

Eat, Stay, and Pray—Community Prayer Service, Wednesdays, 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. This is an ecumenical prayer opportunity in the Sanctuary. A chance to pray to God. To listen for the Spirit of God. To be together in the hope of Jesus Christ. It will be open to our community meal guests and available to all the folks at Trinity who are not able to make it to church on Sunday mornings…and for anyone who wants a chance to pray in community during the week. If Sunday morning worship is a chance to get closer to God, then check it out and see what God can do on Wednesday nights!

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts.” 

Preacher’s Corner   November, 2017

Commitment/pledge time again. Soon you will receive a letter from the Stewardship & Generosity Team about how valuable it is when people take the time to estimate their ability to give to the operations of the church in the coming year. We know that Jesus tells us that giving is a good thing, but….

but…it can be scary to think that we may not have enough. The sense that there is ‘not enough’ drives greed, fear, and isolating behaviors. Instead of living in the abundance of God’s love, we can find ourselves stuck living in ‘Scare City’ where it seems that death, starvation, chaos, and fear threaten to overwhelm and swallow us up.

The Good News is that this is an illusion. Jesus offers us a journey…a spiritual journey into the truth of abundance and an alternative vision of how to live our lives. The November preaching will have us ‘Moving Out of Scare City’ and traveling together to the vast, open habitats of God’s grace. Come and find out more about moving beyond scarcity into God’s Kingdom, where there is always enough…We travel together with the words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

November 5, All Saints Sunday, ‘From Alpha to Omega.’ Genesis 11:1-9; Revelation 7:9-17.

November 12, Veterans Day Remembrance. ‘The Ultimate Sacrifice on the Way.’ Matthew 16:21-27; Acts 15:8-9.

November 19, ‘Altars Everywhere.’ Matthew 22:15-22; 1 Timothy 6:18-19.

November 26, The First Sunday of Advent will turn our attention to the beginning of the new Church year and to the beginning of Christ’s life on earth. As we prepare to celebrate the newness and birth of Jesus, we will pause to give thanks for the traditions that move us from one season to the next. During this time of anticipation and preparation, we will also remember the Angels who visited the family of Jesus to help usher them (and us) into a new understanding of God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.


Preacher’s Corner by Pastor Geri Hamlen     Since Easter, the preaching at Trinity has focused on trees, children, flames of grace, listening for Jesus, the rock of God’s love, and now in September, we will move to a four-part series about the Sacrament of Communion. The Table of our Lord serves as a reminder, a reunion, a rejoicing in the unity of our community with the past, the present, and the future. This month, we will learn more about the deeper meanings of the Holy Meal, through the common elements of bread and cup. Regardless of denomination or Orthodox branch of Christianity, there is remarkable agreement on the key prayers and movements of the Sacred Meal. Come and find out more about this blessed gift from Jesus through the words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Sept. 3 (last 9:15 worship), ‘Setting the Table’ Matthew 14:15 - 19 Genesis 2:4b-10, 15 - 17

Sept. 10 (two worship times), ‘Invitation to the Table’ Matthew 10:40-42, 11:25-30

Sept.17, ‘Blessing the Table’ Matthew 5:1-12, John 6:27-35

Sept. 24 (Charge Conference) ‘Extending the Table’ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Matthew 26:26-30

Pastor’s Ponderings
The news is so much in the news right now.
Fake news.
Faulty journalism.
Biased reporting. Accusations and recriminations are flying over the air waves and the twitter-verse and through the virtual highways and by-ways.

Aren’t you glad that you are a disciple of Jesus in the midst of all this confusion? We already know that we can’t know the whole story on anything. We already know that God’s invisible grace and power is working in everything, all the time, whether we see it or not.

Paul said it so well…’for now we see in a mirror, dimly...’Cor. 13:12. We already know that more will be revealed, in God’s good time. Not on our ‘need to know’ basis. Think about it:

The disciples of Jesus didn’t know that Jesus was going to die on the cross, but they dedicated their lives and time to following him, learning from him, witnessing to his miracles, and being in community with other people who knew and loved him.

The disciples of Jesus didn’t know, when they saw Jesus dying on the cross, that there would be a joyful resurrection time, three days hence. No, they were frightened. They were grieving. They felt abandoned and alone. They even went into hiding so no one would know that they were still around.

But Easter dawn broke. The stone was rolled away. Christ is Alive!

The disciples of Jesus didn’t even know for sure how to react to the resurrection of Jesus but when the Holy Spirit came upon them, with tongues like flames and the sound of a rushing wind…they were invigorated. Challenged! Joyful… They didn’t know the hardships and the persecution and even martyrdom that would follow. But they knew that Jesus said: Be not afraid.

And they knew that God was in charge.

And they knew that all the destructive powers of this world—past, present, and future—would not succeed, because the victory of God in Jesus Christ is already complete. We just have all of these skirmishes and battles still to deal with as we wait for history to play out, in God’s good time. While we wait, we can pray for the rest of the world to catch up with God’s desire for peace on Earth, good will towards all people everywhere.

When the news from imperfect sources starts to bother me with confusion and even fear about what may or may not happen next…I remember God’s goodness, love, and mercy. Paul goes on in 1 Cor. 13:12 to say… ‘Now I know only in part; then I will know fully even as I have been fully known.’ God knows us fully. God knows the depth of the world’s need and heartache…fully and completely. Jesus died and rose again so that we can be filled full with hope, hope eternal…and live in faith and love, knowing that ‘…the greatest of these is love.’ There is nothing false about that!

May the love of God, the communion of the Holy Spirit, and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always. In His name….

Pastor Geri

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Young children and babies can enjoy some space, while parents can still enjoy our worship service in our overflow room, to the back and above the sanctuary. This is also where you are invited to take part in the technical aspect of our worship if that is where your talent and interests lie, with audio equipment, our computer support and PowerPoint slide show, which accompany our services, and other modern enhancements to the worship experience